Wanderings — Worst Analogies Ever Written

I am often asked to play the role of book doctor for writer friends whose manuscripts need a little work. I am able to keep charging through, because at least I haven’t come across any of these! If you need a good laugh, go ahead and click.

Here are just a few of the gems awaiting you.

They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at […]

By |2008-05-15T16:18:11-04:00August 4th, 2007|Funnies, On Writing|6 Comments

My First Rule of Writing

Rory, over at Clean Cut Blog has a Group Writing Project . He instructs: “Write your own blog post presenting your first rule of writing. Not a top three, or five – what would you say is the most important rule according to you, and why? What would come before anything else?”

Okay, then. I’ve got my assignment; let’s get to it.

Your’s is one of a few hundred queries sitting on an editor’s desk. He’s hit the mid-morning slump; he’s underwhelmed by what he’s seen so far and he hasn’t had time for his second cup of coffee. He sighs as he picks up yet another query — your’s. You have exactly thirty seconds to wow him. Ready, […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:53-04:00July 25th, 2007|On Writing|11 Comments

Five Ways to Set Up Your Blog To Chase Readers Away

If you’d just spent a good bit of time getting your place spiffed up for company, and you were really looking forward to having them come and visit for awhile, would you then welcome them by piling some of your furniture in front of the door for them to climb over? Surely not. Yet, metaphorically speaking, this is what some bloggers do to their visitors.

A blogger friend and I were just discussing this very phenomenon; annoying stumbling blocks bloggers select for their blogs. Annoying enough to have us give up reading and commenting there. And since that’s a large reason — oh, all right, the whole reason — why bloggers blog, we wondered why anyone would shoot themselves in the […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:53-04:00July 16th, 2007|On Writing|29 Comments

What I Don’t Subscribe To

Heather from TopBlog Magazine gave a few of us writers this assignment:

…This is your invite to write something for the next issue. The theme is “I don’t subscribe to…” but don’t use that as your title…

I scribbled down a few ideas that popped into my head. For my own use, I left the “don’t subscribe to” as my jumping off point just to get going. I’d come up with titles later.

Here are some of the unedited ideas I didn’t go with:

I don’t subscribe to labeling. We live in a world where labels are used as a shorthand way of thinking we grasp the gist of who people are without having to do the hard work of really getting to […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:54-04:00July 2nd, 2007|On Writing|4 Comments

What’s to Like and Not Like About Blogging

My friend, Rory, over at Hamelife tagged me for this meme — 5 things I like about blogging and 3 things I don’t. And how fortunate, because several readers have asked me about the pros and cons of starting their own blog. So I can skip two stones across the pond with one throw. :)

5 Things I Like About Blogging:

1. Blogging is a great creative outlet for anyone who wants to write.

It’s a way to hone your writing skills in a (relatively) safe environment.

2. You get to write about anything that’s on your mind.

Freelance assignments are often set for you. And the publication’s format and readership pretty much determine what you can and can’t do. On your blog, anything […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:54-04:00June 21st, 2007|On Writing|9 Comments

Thinking Blogger Award

You might have noticed that I have a spiffy new button on my sidebar. Michelle from Scribbit: A Blog About Motherhood in Alaska honored me with it, saying that she selected me because “she (meaning me) thinks about words and is a good writer.” Those words are high praise. Thanks Michelle.

Which brings up something else I’ve been thinking about… Maybe you’ve noticed that some blogs are great with adding photos or images to go with nearly every post. I must admit, I enjoy seeing all those photos; they’re always great additions. But I often don’t think to add photos to my own posts. And I even got a new camera to help inspire me (to be reviewed in an upcoming […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:56-04:00March 17th, 2007|On Writing|8 Comments